Is this your first year planning a garden and you have no clue where to start? Have you seen all of the gardening supplies in the stores this spring and think you might want to start a garden of your own this year? Have you gardened before but would like to get more from your garden? If you answered yes to any of these questions then a book dedicated to growing a garden might be right up your alley. I love reading books on a subject that I really want to learn more about, especially something like gardening, and the best books are the ones that tell you exactly what you need to do. There are some great books on gardening on the market right now, here are three of my favorite ones.
You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening
Although the book has girl in the title you will find plenty of information in it no matter what your gender is. Written by Gayla Trail the book has a sassy, fun tone and the author’s excitement for gardening exudes from the pages. The book is slanted towards urban and organic gardening but has great information for gardeners everywhere. The book covers everything from how to prepare your soil, pick your plants, harvesting, keeping critters out, and just about anything that the new gardener needs. It even includes fun craft projects directed toward your garden, like making your own gardening apron, and offers projects that are easy as well as inexpensive to do.
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible
Written by Edward C. Smith The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is the go-to resource for new and experienced gardeners alike and is a favorite of mine. Written in a friendly, engaging tone readers will feel like they are having a conversation with the author. The book covers everything from planning your garden, preparing the soil, and harvesting. There is even a section at the back of the book that goes into great detail about growing many popular individual vegetables.
Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening, Including 50 Recipes, Plus Harvesting and Storage Tips
This fairly new book written by Willi Galloway is one of my favorite gardening books. The first section of the book is a simple primer on gardening, and the next two sections cover what I find is lacking in many gardening books – what to do with the vegetables that you have grown. Not only does the book include recipes that give you ideas for how to cook the vegetables that you grow but it also tells you how to harvest the vegetables and gives you ideas for how to store your vegetables for use later. The book is an excellent reference book and the photographs are so beautiful you will find yourself browsing through the book just to admire the pictures.